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According to the legend of King Arthur, he and his knights used to sit at a round table, so that no one was at the head of the table and everyone was equally important.

There are lots of possible problems that you can invent concerning people sitting at round tables.


For instance, suppose 25 people sit down to dinner. After every course, they get up and sit down again so that no one sits next to anyone that they have already sat next to. How many courses can they have?


Find out about the Order of the Garter luncheon, where each year all the guests sit next to people they have never sat next to before.

Find out about the Josephus Problem.

Colin Foster 2012,